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WIP Marcel Bigeard

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Nap, May 5, 2020.

  1. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    You sound just like Oliver Hardy:LOL:!
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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    I look like him !! ...lol ....

    "That's another fine mess you've got me into Stanley"

    Verbal update on this bust .....

    Repainted the uniform colour and working on the belt

    Drinking coffee atm !

    Stay safe El Vesty

    Nap
  3. Jimbo A Fixture

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    England
    Does that mean I look like Stan Laurel? :LOL:
  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Might be a "slight" waistline difference ....lol

    Been looking at the belt Ithink it looks like a US pistol belt which came in shade variation ...but very happy to be told different !!

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    Here's what our man wears

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    Notice on the sleeve a badge ....Mmmmm was this worn at the reference picture time ??

    Here's another great picture

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    Stay tuned

    Happy bemchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  5. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everybody

    Bit of a verbal update ....aguilette basecoated , belt completed

    Following on from this picture in which we see a diamond badge

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    I consulted Pierre ( Akyaru ) a fountain of knowledge on the Legion who replied thus:

    "This diamond shaped badge or lozange is the unit badge, part of the French system to identify both unit and arm of service, in Bigeard's case the 3e RPC later renamed 3e RPIMa.

    It is worn only on the left sleeve, because the divisional patch is worn on the right sleeve, in B's case the famous 10e Division parachutiste.

    It was not worn as a general rule in the field, some units did others not and Bigeard being somewhat of a law to himself the choice is entirely up to you.

    On parades it was of course seen more often.

    BTW the system is still in use today, with the patches being held on by velcro, to be taken of on operations."

    Interesting ....

    So looking at this picture as well in which you can see the division badge being worn

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    ..I have added both badges ...the diamond one is painted with the divisional one just needs the eagle painted ..a job for today !

    Pierre also says the centre colour on the division badge is the colour of the beret

    Here's the actual badges

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    And here is another very good Osprey elite book on FFL para's includes lots of badges and great colour plates as well

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    More Osprey on the FFL

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    Big thanks to Pierre for the details

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  6. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi Folks

    Bit of another verbal update

    Painted the diamond ...happy ...did the divisional patch on the right arm .......kept looking at it .....it was too small !!!!.....off it came ...

    Now put a larger one on and painted the 3 background colours .....next is that eagle .....AGAIN!!!!!

    Also nearly finished the beret colour , keeping it to the red on the patch as advised by Pierre but with shadows and some highs ...will look at it again next

    Talking of badges in particular the divisional patch ...Pierre kindly sent a great ref of it being worn ....on a camo jacket ....great option if you want to do a version

    In this photo it shows Jacques MASSU, commander of the 10e DP in the Battle of Algeria , where you can clearly see the wearing of the divisional insignia on the camouflage jacket.

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    and one of the general with Mr B ....camo and no divisional patch !!.....thanks again Pierre

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    Pics coming soon !

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  7. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi everyone

    Some Iffyvision pics

    Reworked the trefoil on the lanyard at the back image.jpeg

    This is where I am atm ......will replace the cord on the additional aguilette ..it's not a twist as I added ...easy enough !!

    Beret virtually all done ...badge to complete

    Eagle to paint on the right arm badge ...again !

    Aguilette to paint up , then fleshwork and sorted

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    This is now on its way to me ...Rolett ..."Father of the Legion" ...early birthday pressie !

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    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  8. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Couple more Iffyvision productions

    With the untwisted aguilette above medals

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    I was also sent by a PF member (apologies can't remember his user name but think it was a "Steve" ) this repro badge which when I display will be alongside

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    Off to paint

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  9. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    Yes it's that time for a Iffyvision presentation

    All is now completed less the flesh and hair

    One thing I noticed is in boxart he has quite a heavy 5 o'clock shadow ...that's going to need a lot of control from me !!!

    Hopefully you will see the additional piece on the aguilette and the badges

    As always comments welcone ...good bad or suggestions !!

    Thanks for lookng in

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

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  10. Chris Oldfield A Fixture

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    England
    Fantastic work, Kev. The medals & insignia look outstanding!
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  11. Nap A Fixture

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    England

    Thank you Chris , I am pleased with the end result ..just need to do the face !!!

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  12. Geoff Charman A Fixture

    First time I've seen this for awhile, you certainly have been cracking on, he is looking great.

    Looking forward to the finished medals, etc.

    Geoff
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  13. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi Geoff

    Good to have you looking in .....the medals etc are all finished now as in the pictures .........will get better pics !

    "Just" the flesh and hair to do

    Rollet arrived today ...loads of excellent details and really well cast

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
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  14. akaryu PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Belgium
    Excellent work Nap!

    About time to dust off mine!

    The one in the photo in your post is Lieutenant-colonel Pierre Jeanpierre, legendary commanding officer of the 1st BEP, later 1st REP, but you knew that of course;)! Sadly only a very small bust exists of him, not a great likeness , by Warrior. So there still is a lot of work to do for Pavol! If you read French there's a very good biography of Jeanpierre by Raymond Muelle, a former commander of the 1er bataillon parachutiste de choc: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lieutenant-colonel-Jeanpierre-légende-Raymond-Muelle/dp/291596016X

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    If you need info on Rollet, just shout!

    Happy painting,

    Pierre
  15. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

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    United-States
    I have fallen behind on this thread. o_O He is looking great Nap! I really love your work and attention to detail. (y)

    Cheers,
    Ken
  16. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi Pierre

    Thank you as always for your post , I began looking at Jeanpierre ...another legend ....not seen that warriors bust ...I think

    Thanks for the book link as well

    As for Rollet , it arrived as I said from Gilles at Atelier ...in a week really sharp casting and ...excellent updates and extremely well packed so a shout out to him

    All pctures are welcome of Rollet , by PM if you can or email , think I have the medals sorted as I reviewed it a while ago but as said all info very welcome

    Nice to see you here , thanks for the comments , still not 100% happy about uniform so will relook at it and push highs a bit more .....after I have finished face !

    Happy benchtime

    Nap
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  17. MarquisMini A Fixture

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    Argentina
    Lovely work my.friend, lots of intricate details
    Keep up the great work!
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  18. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Hi Daniel

    Nice to hear from you and thank you for the comments , your work is as detailed ...in a smaller scale as well

    Happy benchtime

    Stay safe

    Nap
  19. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Great detailed painting so far Kev, looking good(y)
    Cheers
    Jim
  20. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Cheers JIMBO ...nearly finished the flesh so it's coming to a end

    Happy benchtime

    Nap

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